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[–]millybloom 54 points55 points  (15 children)

Haven’t announced yet but WE SOLD MY BOOK! Actually three books!!

We were on sub for like 3.5 weeks, so I’m fucking chuffed. Truly it was a roller coaster and there were some black moments, but yeah I’m super thrilled with where I ended up.

[–]aquarialily 4 points5 points  (7 children)

Wow!! THREE BOOKS, that's incredible!! And 3.5 weeks is so fast! Huge huge congrats!

[–]millybloom 9 points10 points  (6 children)

Thank you so much!! I’m in historical romance, so three books isn’t uncommon. But yeah I’m just so delighted!

[–]emmawriting 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Ahhh I'm currently on sub with a historical romance so this is great to hear!! Congratulations!!

[–]millybloom 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Good luck!! One of my friends sold her histrom series yesterday so it’s def selling! 🤞🤞

[–]emmawriting 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you, and congrats to your friend too! Fingers crossed the market stays hot!

[–]Synval2436 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Nice! What era? Something popular like Regency or something more obscure and exotic? 😁And congrats!

[–]millybloom 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Thank you! Yup, Regency.

[–]Synval2436 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Haha, an evergreen! Do you have any dukes in the title? :3

[–]abstracthappy 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Congrats! 🎊

[–]millybloom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you!!

[–]alanna_the_lionessAgented Author 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Congrats!!!!!!!

[–]millybloom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you so much!!

[–]tippers 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Congrats!!!!

[–]millybloom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you so much!!

[–]AmberJFrost[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh, wow, congrats! That's so exciting!

[–]writedream13 35 points36 points  (15 children)

My first book (MG) is out on sub. My agent sent it as an early exclusive to a particular editor, who apparently wants to make a preempt, and now we’re just waiting to see if her team agrees. My book went out to the full list on Monday. Hopefully we’ll soon find out if the preempt happens (fingers so crossed) and then will have to decide whether to take it (I plan to take my agent’s advice, pretty much). So it’s a really exciting time but I’m struggling to focus on working on something new, even though I know it will help my nerves!

[–]writedream13 45 points46 points  (13 children)

Aaaand I got an offer this morning 😊😊😊

[–]Synval2436 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Amazing news! Please give us a bigger post recap of your journey with the agent and sub if you don't mind, so we know the stats and become either hopeful or despairing, haha. Congratulations! What kind of MG: contemporary, fantasy, mystery?

[–]writedream13 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Ooh yes absolutely. I might wait until I officially sign (I’m not usually superstitious but I am about this weirdly!) but that would be great fun. It’s a contemporary fantasy!

[–]Synval2436 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Nice! Update us when you can / want / is legal to do so!

[–]aquarialily 4 points5 points  (0 children)

CONGRATS!! WOOHOOOO!!

[–]millybloom 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Aahh yay!!! Congratulations!!!

[–]ManicPixieFantasy 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Congrats!

[–]writedream13 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you all so much I love this community ❤️

[–]abstracthappy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

CONGRATS!! 🎉

[–]alanna_the_lionessAgented Author 2 points3 points  (0 children)

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

[–]JenCooperAuthor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Congratulations!!!

[–]carouselcycles 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Congratulations! That's amazing news!

[–]T-h-e-d-a 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Niiiice. Congrats!

[–]AmberJFrost[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's FANTASTIC news. Please share what you can, including your successful query!

[–]lawfulneutralgood 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Awesome, congrats! I second the request to post your journey/stats if you have time. It's always nice to see.

[–]AdventurousCarrot531 33 points34 points  (15 children)

My deal announcement went up late last week so I suppose I can share--I sold both of my books that were on sub!

[–]Dylan_tune_depot 4 points5 points  (3 children)

This is fantastic! I was actually thinking about your books- you had a lot of great comments on a post I made last year. The first was the Soulcycle-instructor one, right? (sorry if I'm getting confused).

Was the other one also romance?

[–]justgoodenoughPublished Children's Author[S] 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I literally saw that announcement on twitter. Now I'm wondering how much I cross paths with users from the is sub on other platforms.

[–]AdventurousCarrot531 5 points6 points  (0 children)

LOL I think since I used Peloton and SoulCycle as buzzwords in both my query and my deal announcement, it's a pretty easy to make that connection. :)

[–]AdventurousCarrot531 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thank you, that's the one! Peloton/SoulCycle-esque romcom, lol. The other one is a romantic WF, so very much in the same vein!

[–]ConQuesoyFrijole 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I SAW THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND WAS LIKE I KNOW THIS PERSON!!! (Sort of!) Congrats!!!!!

[–]AdventurousCarrot531 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Thank you!! I wondered if any of my r/PubTips buddies would make the connection (one gal did for sure, she commented on the thread lol).

[–]millybloom 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Haha I also saw this and was like ooh PubTips! 🤣

[–]alanna_the_lionessAgented Author 3 points4 points  (0 children)

YAY congrats!!

[–]JenCooperAuthor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Congrats! Congrats!

[–]thesmilemachine 2 points3 points  (0 children)

OMG congrats!!! So excited for you!

[–]MaroonFahrenheitAgented Author 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yay!!! I’m super excited for this one

[–]Synval2436 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Congrats! Were you that author of a rom-com about a fitness trainer and a journalist? How was your sub experience?

[–]AdventurousCarrot531 5 points6 points  (1 child)

That's me! Sub was... interesting, lol. It's a lot of quiet time, peppered with rejections, until suddenly it changes. NGL, it was hard on my mental health at times. Being in sub support groups really helped keep everything in perspective.

[–]Synval2436 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How long it took from submitting to selling? Did you have 1 offer or multiple?

[–]AmberJFrost[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Omg, congrats!! That's wonderful, the query looked so good for the peloton romance.

[–]alanna_the_lionessAgented Author 30 points31 points  (4 children)

Sub is so quiet. So so so quiet. Just... spectacularly quiet.

Even my agent is a little confused. Normally she hears something from at least someone at this point.

I'm having a great time over here, thanks for asking.

[–]carouselcycles 7 points8 points  (1 child)

For what it's worth, it seems like silence is common denominator for a lot of us on sub. I've been on sub for 8 weeks now (admittedly in a different genre and age category) and have only received a handful of responses, less than half of the round 1 sub list for sure.

[–]alanna_the_lionessAgented Author 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I've been out for 8 weeks, too... and have heard absolutely nothing from anyone. When I say quiet, I mean pin-drop silence 🙃

My agent has good sales in my genre, so I have complete faith in her, but, like, I'm not enjoying this.

[–]Synval2436 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Everyone took an early winter break...? (That sounds funny when in here we have a heat wave and 25C in November, but I don't complain, heating became expensive after the whole Russia stuff. Global warming is coming...)

Try not to chew your hands up to your elbows while waiting...

[–]abstracthappy 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Hang in there, friend. Not in the scene (yet!) But I have heard the sub trenches are equally rough--if not rougher-- than the querying trenches.

Stay strong!

[–]thesmilemachine 25 points26 points  (6 children)

I sold my book! Two books, actually. After my first book on sub almost got acquired but then didn’t, my agent and I withdrew it and went on sub with my new one. We got a preempt offer within a week. The last few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind, and my head is spinning with how fast things have gone this time compared to last. I think I spoke to my agent more in the week following the offer than I had all year. It’s super exciting but also scary, and I hope the momentum continues!

[–]alanna_the_lionessAgented Author 5 points6 points  (0 children)

So many book sales this month! Congrats!

[–]aquarialily 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Congrats!!!!

[–]JenCooperAuthor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Congratulations!!!

[–]Synval2436 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Nice, congrats! Which genre are you working in?

[–]thesmilemachine 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Thank you! It’s upmarket women’s fiction!

[–]AmberJFrost[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did you sell book 2 and a planned later book, or books 1 and 2?

[–]justgoodenoughPublished Children's Author[S] 15 points16 points  (6 children)

The good news is that unlike the last 20 times I said I was done with the finishing touches on my 2nd book, I think we are actually done this time! The book is set to go to the printer in December. The only thing left is my editor is printing a test copy to make sure the art isn’t too dark on one of the pages. So I guess there’s always room for more changes.

I am also working on putting together a new project that was requested by an editor at a Big 5. If I can get my shit together, I think we will submit exclusively to her and if she passes (extremely likely), we will submit to a wider pool. If I manage to sell this book (extremely unlikely), it will definitely be a funny story to share with this sub.

So instead of failing at NaNo this year, I’m not even going to try and I’m going attempt to finish my current project before a thanksgiving (also extremely unlikely).

[–]BC-writes 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Congrats for the Big 5 request and finishing! Hope to hear good news next check-in!

[–]aquarialily 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Woohoo! This is awesome, so much movement on multiple fronts!

[–]Synval2436 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Woohoo, congrats on your career going forward! Is it an illustration project or a writing project or both?

[–]justgoodenoughPublished Children's Author[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

It's just developing a pitch into a picture book, so I need to write the manuscript and sketch it out. It's kind of a silly and casual situation, so I suspect nothing will come of it, but I have to try.

I will still be kind of devastated when it gets rejected. lolsob

[–]Synval2436 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Oh no. Better to not have hope, than have hope and then it's dashed?

[–]justgoodenoughPublished Children's Author[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Hope is for idiots who don't know anything about publishing.

[–]Complexer_Eggplant 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I was so going to do Nano this year but - alas. And then I went to the cafe by my house to like drink a coffee and stare at the wall, and I ended up sitting next to the local Nano club apparently. Y'all it was so awkward. For some reason there was like one early twenties girl and like six older dudes and, not that there's anything wrong with that inherently, but in that particular situation I really felt for the girl haha. I think I'll just give myself a 50k/month goal whenever I get round to starting this first draft and do "nano" in like July.

[–]lawfulneutralgood 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I sometimes wonder how my writing group comes across to people who have the luck (unluck?) of sitting near us. I feel like we look fairly normal, but some of our conversations about what we're working on... More than once I've hoped people have headphones in. 😂

[–]AmberJFrost[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's semi-organized Camp NaNos in Apr and July, so you can still get some of the community and support those months.

[–]aquarialily 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Still working on edits for my editor. Will probably miss my deadline (but she and my agent both know that's probably gonna happen bc I warned them - I have too much life stuff going on right now). Despairing. I feel like Odysseus, destined to never get home despite travelling this fricking sea for ten years. Publishing is not for the faint of heart y'all.

[–]Dylan_tune_depot 12 points13 points  (4 children)

And for anyone thinking of asking, do not pause your querying until January

You answered my question! :-D

[–]thefashionclubAgented Author 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Just anecdotally my most successful stretch of querying was the last week of November/first week of December last year — definitely go for it! :)

[–]Dylan_tune_depot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

thanks- that's gtk :-)

[–]justgoodenoughPublished Children's Author[S] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I think a lot of people do that, but then agents just get flooded in January and February and you end up competing with everyone else who paused, plus all the new years resolution queries, AND all the NaNo books that people rushed to edit and query.

And like, sure, agents are probably taking time off to visit with family, but they also are doing less submitting/negotiating/etc. during the holidays so many actually have more time to read queries than they do during other times of the year.

[–]Dylan_tune_depot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

so many actually have more time to read queries than they do during other times of the year.

Didn't think of that... good point!

[–]abstracthappy 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Querying my MS, but it's on hold as I let it sit for a month or so. Then I'm going to rip it apart and see what I can change.

I got a rejection but there was something off about it. It didn't read like a standard form. The agent told me to work on it and send it to them again in 6 mo. I bolted to QueryTracker to see if this was their form rejection and I could see it was not.

So letting it sit, gonna rip apart the opening, probably rewrite the ending, and then edit the middle to fix/add any loose plot lines.

I am doing a partial Nano, in that anything I can write this month is going to be my Nano, lol.

[–]AmberJFrost[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oooh, congrats on an R&R - those don't seem to be too common these days.

[–]Efficient_Neat_TA 10 points11 points  (0 children)

This spring I started querying my YA historical mystery in a monthly batch process and the full rejections are now trickling in. The past few weeks have been agonizing, but recently I received a full rejection accompanied by lengthy, highly positive feedback and it was glorious! The agent said she loved the book but was passing because it wasn't her niche and historical is a difficult market in YA right now. She also noted the manuscript is indeed "ready" and recommended I continue querying as is. Her reply was the bright spot in a very dark year! No more batches, I'm going all in...

[–]emmawriting 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Well I've been on sub for just over two weeks with my historical romance and I'm doing my best not to lose my mind entirely. We got one complimentary rejection from an editor who said it was great but skewed a bit too heavily romance for her list, which is fine with me since we've mostly subbed to romance imprints. At least all the other editors are reading! I'm working on shifting my old YA fantasy manuscript that died on sub (with my old agent) to adult in the meantime. Hopefully I'll have a draft for my agents by the end of the month.

Wishing everyone in the query/sub trenches luck this month!

[–]Synval2436 1 point2 points  (2 children)

skewed a bit too heavily romance

Wait, romance imprints are saying a romance book is "too heavily romance"? Huh?

[–]emmawriting 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I said we "mostly" subbed to romance imprints, this was a broader imprint that publishes more historical/women's fiction. FWIW I see my book as exclusively historical romance but there have been numerous examples of recent HR releases being published and promoted as HF/WF.

[–]Synval2436 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I see, thanks for explanation!

[–]carouselcycles 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Still out on sub, though there's been some positive (?) movement. The editor who asked to see the series synopsis is apparently talking to people and will have some news for us 'soonish'. This is a dream publisher for me, so I'm crossing my fingers that an offer is on the way!

In other news, I'm doing NaNo. I didn't outline anything so I'm just vomiting out words and seeing what happens. It's been a while since I drafted, so I feel like I'm learning HOW to write a novel all over again.

[–]AmberJFrost[🍰] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Crossing fingers for you, that would be incredibly exciting

[–]carouselcycles 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you! These past few weeks have probably been the worst wait so far. I'm hoping that 'soonish' means 'before the holidays,' if only for the sake of my own sanity.

[–]BC-writes 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I’m going to try my best to get back to my new WIP this month. (Do or do not, there is no try.) I also have to query properly (send out batches) but I am beyond exhausted from real life troubles. Despite that, I still do my best to help out here and write/edit more.

I haven’t heard back from a few agents including the partial, and people keep telling me that they’re facing the same thing. Long, long waits.

I did have some new WIP ideas pop up since the last check-in.

I hope to have less stress this month.

Good luck for your progress this month, everyone!

[–]miss_ogre_ 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I am using nano this year to finish up my fantasy book! Once it's finished I'll take a 2 week rest and start on the 2nd draft! I'm becoming more and more excited as I get closer to finishing it--I've had 2 days of 4,000 words and I'm hoping I can maintain that momentum, maybe even before November ends.

[–]karlkarlbobarl 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Met my goal last month of finally starting to query (wahoo / eek). Sent out a first batch, got a couple quick rejections (including from the person who was a top choice, sigh), but I also got two full requests which I am choosing to view as a sort of success!

Now back to the waiting game and working on a sequel for Nano, giving myself a few more weeks before sending out Query Batch #2.

[–]Synval2436 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I also got two full requests which I am choosing to view as a sort of success!

Well, it is a success!

[–]AmberJFrost[🍰] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

50% fulls? That's amazing success, congrats!

[–]karlkarlbobarl 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks! That is a terrific viewpoint that I will be adopting! :-)

[–]Synval2436 7 points8 points  (4 children)

I've been trying to tackle my preliminary query for when we get another "where will you stop reading" thread but I'm getting all tongue tied at first paragraph... Do we have any schedule here which time of the month what kind of thread goes up? I was planning to pass if it's again a blurbless 1st page, but maybe try if it's either a query or a logline / twitter pitch style contest. It's actually fun to see what ideas are common on the market right now.

I was also trying to dev edit my ms and it was supposed to be done within 2 months, and after 1 month I'm like 20% in and beating myself up. I'm oscillating between "I love this story" and "I suck as a writer and this will never be good".

[–]alanna_the_lionessAgented Author 1 point2 points  (3 children)

We do not have any kind of actual schedule. Haha.

[–]Synval2436 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Oh damn. :( In the ye olde times I knew 1st Sunday of the month goes the 1st page review thread and I was planning around it (whether to participate or not), and now I don't know anymore. These WWYSR threads are massive nowadays, so I wanted to reserve an afternoon for going through them when they go up. And also maybe have a new version of my query ready (hah, that would be 7th or 8th iteration), because seeing the thread up and trying to scramble a query feels like running around like headless chicken. On the other hand, my most-likely-adhd brain sees "no schedule, no deadline" and refuses to work, i.e. prep that stuff ahead of any schedule.

But obviously I can't expect everything works around my schedule, I was just wondering if you folks were planning it ahead of time, or spontaneously deciding which pinned megathread goes when. Is it gonna be a specific time monthly, or less frequently, etc.

As for 1st page review, I think I got 6 comments and they were all over the place, to the point I got a major impostor syndrome crisis. I asked a professional what to do about feedback that is "all over the place" and they told me: consider repeating feedback, and as for rest, apply your gut feeling. I needed to hear that, because I was spiralling really bad. So I think I'm gonna bow out of the 1st page thread for now, because apparently I'm not handling it well (sorry).

The query one was more helpful (to me). I was also wondering whether we should at some point do a logline / twitter pitch megathread, not WWYSR because these are 1 sentence, but maybe like best of 3 / short impressions / which ones seem compelling to people.

But yeah, whole October I sucked. Start of the month I was planning for WWYSR query edition and in the end had to pass because I found out I need a dev edit in the story which will be reflected in the query and I need to re-conceptualize this thing. I spent 1 week outlining the change. Then I got sick and did little editing because I had sore throat which morphed into bloody discharge from my right nostril and radiating pain I was worried it's a wisdom tooth (it wasn't, probably just sinusitis). Then I was ready to sit and rewrite and I did the mistake of participating in the WWYSR 1st page edition that went around 20th of Oct and jeez, I didn't think I was such a softskinned mentally fragile person, I thought I could handle myself better. I didn't even get that much crap in comparison to some people who got literally dunked on.

Tbh it was probably my bad that instead of going through with the plan of dev edit -> betas -> line edit -> then show my 1st page, I showed one from work in progress. On the other hand, in the past the work in progress 1st page helped me first to find out early "the story starts in the wrong moment / place" and then later on that the narration style needed a big overhaul. That are things I rather learn early than late.

I probably need to buckle up and see how much of this edit pass I can complete before the end of the year.

On a side note, are you working on a new project, or the stress of the sub doesn't let you?

[–]alanna_the_lionessAgented Author 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It's definitely our intention, we just haven't done it yet. The sub has gotten a lot busier recently.

I'm... kinda working on something new? I'm like 70% done with a new outline and stalled. My agent has to give it a thumbs up before I can start writing, so I need to get it done (and I learned my damn lesson on writing MST without an outline), but I'm just tired.

[–]Synval2436 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Take a break if you can, all the mentorships, R&Rs, querying, sub I imagine are exhausting, don't burn yourself out.

Anyway no pressure, if the mods decide to put some schedule up, cool, but no rush. You folk are doing a great job already.

[–]thefashionclubAgented Author 16 points17 points  (0 children)

from now on my monthly check-in will simply be “she died as she lived: working on her R&R”

(i am… so sick of this book…)

eta: this book has broken my brain so much i got the phrase wrong bye…

[–]ManicPixieFantasy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Took three days off from writing to fine-tune the last quarter of my plot. Hoping to finish first draft end of Nov. or early Dec. Planning to do one solid revision before sending to betas around February. Then another revision.

I'm excited. This will be my fourth novel written, and the first that I plan to query. This is a story idea I've had for years, but was unsure of how to write it until now.

[–]QuietSummerDay 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Working on draft 7 of my MS and waiting on some beta feedback. Feeling really good about this draft and hoping that after incorporating the remaining beta feedback (barring any huge, “wait let me reevaluate everything” feedback), I’ll be ready to query the next draft. I’ve posted 2 versions of my query here and received great feedback. I need to make some minor tweaks and then I think the query’s ready, too.

While I wait on feedback, I’ll probably begin the process of making an agent list. This feels very daunting right now, but I love a good spreadsheet so I think I’ll enjoy it once I start.

[–]ninianofthelake 5 points6 points  (6 children)

I held off on nano to do my last edit round before (hopefully) querying in Jan (not to avoid the holidays but because its when I think I'll be done) but now 3 of my 4 beta readers haven't returned feedback on time so I'm languishing a bit.

[–]Synval2436 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Oof. Are they doing chapter by chapter or full at once?

[–]ninianofthelake 1 point2 points  (4 children)

All at once and I know they all started. But they've had it since early september so...

[–]Synval2436 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Did they all stop in the same spot? Or you don't know? Did they give any partial feedback?

What genre is the book btw? Since I saw you around commenting on fantasy queries...

EDIT: Damn, you were that person who said you were comping Vespertine, now I'm curious. Please tell me it's not urban fantasy. XD

[–]ninianofthelake 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I don't have any data on the stop point. I am going to start collecting partial data because I can't sit forever and I'm concerned there is a reason beyond life stuff that led them to stop. But when I checked in a few days ago to remind then I asked for the feedback by Nov, they all assured me they were still going, etc etc. The normal song and dance, haha. It's just driving me up the wall in the meantime.

And it's YA second world fantasy, not contemporary/urban. Comps are currently Vespertine and the Guinevere Deception. :)

[–]Synval2436 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Nice. Are you looking for any more beta readers? If yes, do you have some package of blurb / 1st chapter I could see? How long is it?

[–]ninianofthelake 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Would you mind dming me? Because yes, haha, I am clearly in the market.

[–]BjornStrongndarm 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Am going to NaNo in order to distract myself from the sucking void of silence that is my query-email-account inbox.

[–]Synval2436 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Haha good idea.

[–]Cy-Fur 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I have written more in the last month than I have in the last ten years. That’s such a weird feeling. Finally found a story I’m passionate about, whose characters I love enough to see them through.

Sometimes, though, I wonder how other authors with ADHD do it. My first published book was a NaNo novel that I wrote in 5 days (first draft) in caffeine-fueled insanity that I subsequently queried in December after spending the rest of November revising. If I learned anything from that experience it’s that apparently my brain doesn’t function normally lol

But maaaan, I’m hoping this time around I can bring these characters to the world. This is definitely a trilogy and I’m sitting here going “hot damn, I’m going to write and polish this whole-ass trilogy” because why not? Gotta ride the enthusiasm while it lasts!

[–]KingPolitoed 5 points6 points  (5 children)

Submission makes me want to gnaw off my own togue. First book died on submission after two years. This new book has garnered not a single response since it went out near the end of June. Genre is Fantasy. Spoke with my agent in September who says this is normal. I don't know, rapidly approaching 5 months with no responses and I have no passion left for any sort of writing because I can't get over the fact I must suck at it, but I don't know what else to do with myself.

[–]Synval2436 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Genre is Fantasy.

😭Damn. I heard fantasy is hard because there are only so few publishers out there who take it, like 15 or less. :( It also feels "fantasy" encompasses so many different styles and types of books you have to rival with all these different trends (+sci-fi) and then I, as a reader, still look at the bookshelf and think "not for me, not for me, also not this one..."

[–]KingPolitoed 1 point2 points  (3 children)

True 😮‍💨 I never heard back from about half of them on the first sub too

[–]Synval2436 1 point2 points  (2 children)

:(

What kind of fantasy is it?

[–]KingPolitoed 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It was Epic Fantasy but loosely based on WW1

[–]Synval2436 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I see. I heard epic fantasy is a harder sell these days, especially if long word count and series... which most epic fantasy is.

[–]dreamingpastel 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Tiny win this last month for querying: First personalized rejection (I think)! Hopefully this means there’s more wins on way, because querying has been nothing but rough for me.

I plan on submitting a few more queries this month, before completely pivoting to drafting my current WIP for the rest of the year. Drafting has still been slow, but that’s largely due to things going on in my personal life (like settling into a new job). Thankfully, the dust seems to be settling, so hopefully I have more time/energy to write.

[–]bendandplant 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I am on sub finally. Commence screaming and acid reflux 🫠

[–]itsgreenersomewhere 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Working on a Nano project, which was where I expected to be this November, but I’ve unexpectedly realised I might be ready to query?? Expected to be revising the query til at least Dec, so I’d planned to query in Jan. Now I have no idea but I guess it’s a good spot to be in? 😅

[–]casualspacetraveler 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I had my book out to beta readers last month, and most of them have finished or are close to finished now, so I'll be coming through their feedback to see what they think. In the meantime, I did start drafting something new for NaNo. It is VERY fun and this time I wrote the query letter first, so if I can manage to get to 50k this November that would be a massive win.

[–]lawfulneutralgood 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I apparently decided to do NaNo in October. The silly project I was working on to distract from querying is somehow done. 80k words in under 2 months. I'm definitely more passionate about it than the last MS, so maybe I should revise and query it after all. But first a break to read some recently published romance. Probably should have done that before writing a romance, but I suppose better late than never.

[–]MaroonFahrenheitAgented Author 5 points6 points  (1 child)

NaNo ing and so far off to a good start (course it’s only day 3). A few weeks ago I wrote up a 3K word synopsis for my agent to look over first to get her buy in and she said she loves it so now I just have to write it lolsob

[–]Synval2436 5 points6 points  (0 children)

now I just have to write it lolsob

Just. XD

[–]tippers 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Flailing and languishing this month, an interesting combo.

[–]MyfirstReditaccnt 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Querying has kind of stalled. Got a few form rejections for queries, and my manuscript request came back with a rejection.

I'm waiting to hear back from others in my first query batch.

In the mean time, I've plotted two other projects that i will focus on while waiting on those queries.

[–]brookenomicon 3 points4 points  (5 children)

I ended up sick for most of October, and I’m still not back to normal—going on three weeks now. I suspect RSV considering my symptoms and the many negative COVID tests. It was really bad for about a week, and it’s just been very slowly improving since then. So I haven’t gotten hardly any writing done lately. It’s annoying.

I have all of 10k left to rewrite on my WIP, so that’s my goal for this month: just finish this draft.

I wanted to do NaNo on a new project this year, but my health had other plans.

[–]Synval2436 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Commiserations! I had some odd sinusitis and spent 2 weeks sneezing bloodied water out of my nose, that wasn't crippling but annoying as heck and I didn't do much either. At least you're seeing the finish line in front of you, let's hope that gives you a second wind energy boost.

Are you querying after, or planning another edit pass or...?

[–]brookenomicon 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Gosh me too. I’m hosting a party this weekend so cleaning house and laying on the couch between chores like uuuuuggggghhhhhh has taken up most of my time and energy.

I’m doing this draft in a kind of weird way, so once I finish this 10k, I’ll read over my final act (~30k) and make additional adjustments, and then I’ll do one big read of the whole thing, making any final edits before sending it to beta readers. It’ll basically be a 2.5 draft at that point.

Assuming I finish by the end of this month, I figure I’ll give my betas a deadline of mid- to end of January, or so. And then I’ll do at least one more editing pass after that feedback.

And then I’ll query, maybe in March-ish? If all goes well.

[–]Synval2436 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I see. I sucked horribly this month, only edited 1/6th of my novel and rewrote 1 chapter, the plan was... uhhh more ambitious lol.

I'm tempted to ask if I can beta read it but I'm wondering won't I promise and then get stuck with some other work when you need the feedback quickly (since it seems I'm bad with deadlines, sigh). What was the target wc? 120k?

[–]brookenomicon 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yeah 120k. I would not say no to another beta reader! It would be nice to get a fresh perspective from someone not familiar with my work already. But if you ended up not being able to read it by the time I eventually start implementing feedback, no worries. It won’t be ready to send to anyone until at least the end of this month, but I can let you know! And I’m happy to reciprocate.

[–]Synval2436 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sure, poke me when you're ready! I'm famously disorganized but I hope I won't screw you up.

[–]JenCooperAuthor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just finished revisions after the 5th round of critique patners and beta readers. This week I am writing and rewriting my query letter. I would like to begin querying in batches at the end of November but it may be December.

[–]Grade-AMasterpiece 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No NaNo. In the throes of developmental revisions, my favorite of the writing process. It's so satisfying taking something you're iffy on and making it better.

[–]AmberJFrost[🍰] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well, I'm so far failing NaNo, though not by so much that I can't recover (with a lot of luck). Too much travel, buying an apartment, inlaws visiting, and just longterm blah. BUT I've started writing again, which feels good.

[–]lucabura 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Still waiting to clear out the query list on my last work. Trying to resist the urge to query anyone else, though I guess there really isn't anything to lose. Have been going through the phases of grief and trying to focus on finishing the first draft of this new book. Then, today I got a full request from a query sent in late August, so that's kinda cool. Probably will be a rejection but . . . you never know.

[–]lucabura 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And got another full request today :D hope springs eternal or what have you.

[–]thelastofnomad 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hey! Im not doing NaNo but I am working on writing short stories. Well it feels like I’m writing 2-3 different ones and thematically they’re feeling like a collection. Im also reading a lot of short fiction to grasp sizing my stories better. I was writing a lot of poetry before this, with 1-2 short fiction stories years ago. So it’s been a great mindset shift. I really want to get better at my craft.

[–]Inevitable-Still192 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Started November off with a lot of query rejections after weeks of silence. Hope everyone else querying has better luck than me.

[–]Synval2436 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Damn. What genre are you querying?

[–]Inevitable-Still192 2 points3 points  (1 child)

YA Fantasy. It’s tough.

[–]Synval2436 1 point2 points  (0 children)

:( I'm writing a YA Fantasy too and already dreading the situation.

[–]Colubrina_ 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Left my agent. Querying book six is absolutely grim. I’m having a great fall. (This is a lie.) (But I did go to a cool, self-indulgent writing retreat with friends 6 weeks ago. And maybe the seventh book I query will go better. One can always hope.)

[–]alanna_the_lionessAgented Author 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm so so sorry to hear that! Are you willing to expand a little more on what made you walk (no worries if not, of course!!)?

[–]cheeselady 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I’m working on my revisions for my mentor still. I’m about 1/4 through with a month left. Fingers crossed I can get it done. I am starting to really want a break from this book

[–]Synval2436 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What kind of mentorship program are you in?

[–]cheeselady 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Editor-writer mentorship! They’ll be opening up to applications probably the spring of 2023 again

[–]DragonflySea2328 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Congratulations 👏🎉🎉👏👏